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The most controversial aspect of his life was his participation in the Selk'nam genocide against the native communities on Tierra del Fuego. Sheep farmers and gold miners fought against them; the former because the Selk'nam would hunt sheep in their former territories and the latter because of conflicts over mining areas.
Together with other bounty hunters, who were paid to kill the Selk'nam, Popper too sent his armed forces to manhunt them. During the expedition, Popper and his men were attacked by eighty Ona armed with bows. Popper and his men responded by firing their Winchester rifles, killing but two of the Ona.
After the fight, Popper "posed his men in the attitude of troops repelling a charge, took a position himself astride one of the dead Indians, and then had the outfit photographed for subsequent use. Popper also prepared an expedition to enforce the Argentine claim for parts of Antarctica. After his sudden death in Buenos Aires at the age of 35, his empire collapsed. The cause of his death has not been established. Contemporary American journalist John R. Spears says that he was poisoned by "men whom he had offended in the south.
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Lurlene McDaniel Books. The Inside Track. Web : The Spider and The Fly. Most nonfood businesses close for the midafternoon break from 1 to 4, and then reopen until late evening. As elsewhere in Argentina, the dinner hour runs from 9 until late. A glass-enclosed catamaran launch departs twice a day from the downtown pier. The morning harbor tour lasts two and a half hours and shows off sea lions and Antarctic seabirds.
The noon sailing is an eight-hour round-trip excursion that follows the channel eastward to the Harberton Ranch. The best bet is a combination boat-bus tour beginning with the outbound noon sailing and switching to a tour bus at Puerto Almanza landing for the return. The seaborne portion covers almost a third of the passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic. The soft Antarctic light illuminates landscapes and water at oblique angles as the sun circles the horizon. Such rare aquatic birds as Magellan, kelp and ashy-headed goose, steamer ducks, black-crowned night herons and delicate Antarctic swallows provide almost continuous delight.
There are also glimpses of shepherds, their cottages and their flocks. A special treat is the stop, and photo opportunity, just off a beach full of penguins. The bus trip back crosses a striking stretch of tundra forest and returns to town around 6 P. Full meal service is available on the afternoon boat.
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A decade ago, Argentina and Chile nearly went to war over the ownership of three tiny islands at the channel's Atlantic end, just beyond the Harberton Ranch. Argentina feared Chilean possession would bring extensive new maritime rights in the Atlantic. A papal compromise gave Chile the islands but not the full Atlantic maritime zone. The park, with camping facilities, offers close-up views of Fuegian flora and fauna. The ranch, founded in by Thomas Bridges and his sons, is the island's oldest. One of its present owners is Natalie Goodall, an American-born marine biologist and author of a comprehensive bilingual guide to Tierra del Fuego.
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Land trips include a ranch tour, while boat passengers must content themselves with an offshore view. A new Ushuaia is rapidly growing just above the downtown grid. In the 's, Argentina's military government established a tariff free zone in the island to encourage economic development.
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Electronics and other assembly plants moved here from other parts of Argentina and drew immigrants by offering wages well above the national average. Today, growth appears to outstrip the Government's capacity to plan and deliver basic services and many of Ushuaia's highly paid workers must cope with fairly squalid housing. Even as new multifamily dormitory blocks are at last being built, private plots continue to be subdivided to wedge in yet another tiny A-frame log cabin without municipal water or electricity connections. While these new housing areas are scarcely scenic, the rising elevation offers panoramic views of Ushuaia and its environs on both sides of the channel.
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And just beyond the new construction, accessible by foot, taxi, or excursion van, lies the road leading to the Martial Glacier. Even if you skip the chair-lift ride over the glacial surface, the journey is worth it for the exceptional mountain views along the way. After seeing the end of the earth, you might imagine yourself beyond being impressed with still another geographic wonder. Instant refutation is available on the way back north, by means of a brief detour to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina's Glacier National Park.
To visit it, break your return journey at Rio Gallegos, an Atlantic coast fishing port and offshore oil center just on the Patagonian side of the Strait of Magellan. The nearest Argentine port to the Falkland Islands, Rio Gallegos is these days a peaceable city of , From there, either a half-hour plane trip in an old propeller- driven Fokker, or a four-hour land journey takes you to the tiny town of Calafate, overlooking Lake Argentino, Argentina's largest lake.
The ground scenery is nothing special, while the flight both a convenience and an adventure. The plane arrives around lunchtime, and most of what there is to do in Calafate can be done in the remainder of the same day. It's a frontier town, with dogs in the streets and horses in the front yards. The houses in the richer part sport brightly colored chalet roofs of painted tin, wood being a scarce commodity in this part of Patagonia.
Many British immigrants settled in the cool, sheep grazing country of southern Patagonia. This is reflected in the style of some of the wooden cottages and gardens, and most noticeably in the tea rooms. With the evening meal rarely served before 9 or 10, it won't ruin your appetite to drop by at tea time to either La Loma, an attractively decorated inn up a small hill from the main part of town, or Maktub, on the main street, the Avenida del Libertador.
Maktub looks like a Victorian private home, with an entry foyer dominated by a cozy couch and an oval mirror. Inside, virtually every flat surface is used to display a large china and curio collection, including a silver-plated lighter in the shape of an army jeep. There's also a huge hookah on the mantel and the walls are hung with Arab and Eastern art.
The singular taste is that of Irene Amado, an Argentine with Arab roots, who personally greets guests and makes sure they are well served. A wool cozy warms the teapot and the table service comes from the displayed china. Her cakes, including such British specialties as dobosh torts and savory cakes, are memorable. An artisan's market, run by the Argentine National Park Service, offers a variety of hand-crafted items at bargain prices.
THE glaciers, of course, are the main reason to come to Calafate.